New Art in St Andrews Park

tree2Just when you think our park can’t get any more beautiful, further gems appear – this time in the form of fantastic tree sculptures, created by Andy O’Neil, with the help of pupils from Sefton Park school.

The idea was thanks to the Friends of St Andrews Park and largely organised by Friend, photographer and all-round good guy Paul Bullivant. Funds were secured thanks to the support of local businesses – Elephant Estate Agents, Grape & Grind and Spicer and Cole, along with personal donations from some of the members of FoSAP.

The creative process began back in November 2016, when I was invited to observe a workshop in the park, where 12 Sefton Park pupils met with Andy O’Neil to create wildlife sketches to inspire his final carvings.

In December, it was lovely to meet with all the pupils again, along with sponsors and members of FoSAP, in the park, to marvel at the wonderful sculptures that have been produced. As well as viewing the enchanted carvings, it was a joy to see the pupils so enthused about being involved with this process; when I asked how it felt to see some of their designs carved into the trunks, they all responded with, “Amazing!“. Several of the youngsters collected offcuts from the trunks, which they had great plans for – a carved dagger, a feather, a name place…

Do have fun seeking out these two carved trunks when you next visit St Andrews park (a felled sycamore opposite Maurice Road and a heavily pruned western red cedar alongside the bottom path near the old sundial base). The form of the elephant and stark contrast of texture of elephant skin and tusk is quite special. Congratulations to all involved, breathing new life into these trunks has been a triumph!

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